Fernando Romero graduated in May 2006 from Antioch College with a major in theater. His life as an actor is one he could have little imagined as a young boy growing up in a mountain village in El Salvador.
The transition from his childhood in El Salvador to his adolescence in DC was the topic of a play entitled My Story that Fernando wrote with YPT. Fernando first became acquainted with YPT while he was a student at Bell Multicultural High School. After graduation, YPT offered Fernando a job, first as a receptionist and then as a Program Coordinator from 1999-2002. Founder Karen Zacarias gave him his first acting job with YPT’s Express Tour.
Fernando says, “It was an amazing experience. If Karen hadn’t given me the opportunity to act with the Express Tour, I probably wouldn’t have decided to study theater.”
YPT was proud to welcome Fernando back to the fold with his performance in African Roots/Latino Soul in the Fall of 2006 at the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre. Fernando has continued to work with YPT over the past five years – as an actor and as an enthusiastic community advocate for the company.
Watch Fernando explain why arts education matters so much to him in the video below.
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